Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Have you seen the latest Galaxy phone, the S4 model? It has something called
"Drama Shot" which allows for a burst of character exposures, all in the same picture. You get pictures like the one of the dog above, or...

...or like the Playtex Living Girdle ads (above) that were in every bus when I was a kid.

Geez, I wish I had an S4! If I had one maybe I could persuade my friends to smash into the ground for a photo like the kid above.

But the Samsung isn't the only technological marvel. Steve Worth introduced me to a new kind of camera called the Ricoh Theta. It's a $400 camera that takes 360 degree pictures without distortion...well, I should say with a minimum of distortion.

The picture taken by the double fish eye camera comes out distorted like the picture above and an easy-to-use computer program straightens it out and makes it presentable...normal looking, even. On your laptop screen you can scroll right and left or up and down and see everything in all directions that surrounded the camera when the picture was taken.

One use for it might be internet who-dunnits with clues in the pictures. The pictures are pixel hogs, though. One of the pictures Steve showed me was a jpeg and it still took up over 6 MB. Isn't Blogger's limit 10 MB? That would mean only one spherical picture per post.

Last but not least (above), a home virtual reality viewer called "Oculus Rift." It looks like Microsoft has already made a deal with the Oculus people to do an Xbox game in that format.

Here a 90 year-old woman experiences virtual reality for the first time. Imagine that...she  was born into the world of The Charleston and Flappers and now she's looking at a virtual world in our time.


Roberto Severino said...

I've heard of the phones but I didn't know they had that sort of feature. Whenever I have the money, I'll make the switch to that phone. Thanks for the heads up, Mr. Fitzgerald.

Kayla Raye Gardner said...

I have a new Android, but have so far, only managed to figure out the basics. Phone, how to take pics. Nothing more technological than that. And in the time it took me to figure out what to do with the new gadget, two more were created. Remember the good old days when phones were for talking on and that was it? I kinda miss those days, now that I need a grade-school kid to show me how to work my new phone. EGAD!!

Sara (Perry) said...

Interesting feature. Looks fun to mess around with.

My friend has one of those phones; I feel like I'm holding a REALLY flat stone when it's in my hand.

Anonymous said...

The drama shot looks fascinating. The Oculus Rift looks like a lot of fun. I want one.